Year In Review: 2013 proves to be highly successful for the growth of the Intimidation brand

At this time of year we hear much about resolutions to get better and looking back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. Here at Intimidation Clothing, things are not much different, although the moniker of “getting better” is not something we take for granted – it’s a daily goal. After a 2012 that saw Intimidation Clothing continue to sponsor Bellator events and a host of top-tier regional MMA promotions as well as fighters on major TV networks, 2013 had a lot to live up to. And indeed it did as 2013 proved to be a banner year for our company breaking every known record the company had established in past years. Since starting this company in late 2009, the Intimidation brand has steadily grown into one of the most recognizable names in the MMA and combat sports industry, and we take a look back at the year that was in our 2013 Year in Review.

Charlie Brenneman MMAThe year began strong with the sponsorship of one of the more high-profile MMA fighters Intimidation has worked with as Charlie Brenneman (pictured, right) fought in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 8th, defeating a fighter we would later come to sponsor and become a big fan of in Eric Irvin. Brenneman, a 8-fight UFC vet who made the move from 170lbs to lightweight in 2013, has since gone 4-0 at 155lbs as he looks to once again make a name for himself in the UFC.

Also early in January, the impact of Jessica Eye’s win over Zoila Gurgel in December 2011 was seen as she rocketed to the top of the Women’s MMA rankings. Eye, who bounced between Bellator MMA and the highly-respected and Intimidation sponsored NAAFS, was ranked as the #1 female fighter in the world at 125lbs before announcing the move to 135lbs late in 2013.

As the month of January wore on the Intimidation brand continued to get high-profile exposure as Brian Rogers presented at the World MMA Awards in Las Vegas and AXS TV’s Best of 2012 featured a variety of Intimidation-sponsored fighters. As Bellator MMA geared up for their debut on Spike TV, and flew both Rogers and Eye out for the premier at Bellator 85, Intimidation continued its strong push on the Local MMA scene into Indiana. With a fully-stocked crew traveling to events put on by Colosseum Combat MMA, Mad Wolf Promotions/Art of War, Rocktagon MMA, Chris Lytle’s Midwest Fight Series, HookNShoot and more, Intimidation Clothing was able to replicate our strong presence as the biggest supporter of Local MMA in Ohio and do the same in Indiana. Chris Lytle at Intimidation boothMeanwhile, the aforementioned Rocktagon MMA promotion and Intimidation began their partnership in January 2013 ti increase Intimidation’s TV exposure and add more regional events to the company’s slate as Rocktagon has held events in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California and more.

In February, longtime Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn made his debut for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio and started a memorable year on a high note. Spohn scored submission wins at both UVC 22 in January and UVC 23 in May to bounce back from a rough 2012 and open doors for greater things in his MMA career. As Spohn headlined the UVC events, Intimidation continued their support of the Ultimate Victory Challenge promotion in Columbus, Ohio throughout the year as the two organizations expect to work together for years to come.

Brian Rogers, Isaiah Chapman & Jessica EyeIntimidation’s annual trip to the Arnold Sports Festival took place in March where the brand featured Eye, Rogers, Spohn, TUF 7 vet Luke Zachrich, UFC & TUF 10 vet Wes Sims and fast-rising prospect Isaiah Chapman signing autographs at the company’s booth. The Arnold once again provided a plethora of picture opportunities and fantastic exposure for the brand and featured the public release of Intimidation’s popular Irish “Shamrocked” tee design.

March continued strong with the brand sponsoring explosive knockout artist Chidi Njokuani live on AXS TV at RFA 7 near Denver, Colorado and continued with the sponsorship of NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 in Canton, Ohio – one of the best fight cards in Ohio MMA history. Featuring Intimidation sponsored Isaiah Chapman, Frank Caraballo, George Comer, John Hawk, Nick Duell, Antonio Castillo, Jr. and Julian Lane along with Intimidation alum Travis Clark and later-signed Jessica Zomcik, the event not only had a truly stacked fight card but was also a sell-out that thrilled the fans in attendance.

Jessica Eye MMA - Bellator2013 also saw Intimidation Clothing continue its strong support of women’s MMA. As long-time Team Intimidation member Jessica “Evil” Eye continued her winning streak and made the jump in weight to join the UFC, the company also continued their work with another awesome member of the current UFC bantamweight division in Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke. After Duke was the company’s Athlete of the Month in March 2013, she proceeded to fight at Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City, sign autographs at the company’s booth at XFC 23 in Louisville, Kentucky in April, and later appear on TUF 18 on Fox Sports 1 before earning her roster spot with a win on the TUF Finale in November. Intimidation also sponsored Tanikka Brents, Rebecca Heintzman, Amber Stautzenberger, Kelly Warren and Kaitlin Young during the year and inked the top-ranked amateur at 145lbs in the world, Jessica Zomcik, to a sponsorship contract. A product of Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio, Zomcik went on to win the 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas to cap off her amateur career.

The company continued its strong support of the Local MMA scene by signing on to sponsor all Hardrock MMA events in 2013 and beyond in late March and continued the strong push into the Kentucky MMA scene in sponsoring the XFC’s return to the Bluegrass State at XFC 23 in Louisville on April 19th. Meanwhile, the company continued their growth outside of MMA in signing then 8-time Amateur National Champion boxer Cam F. Awesome (pictured, right) in early April. Awesome, who has had a banner year in 2013 as he pushes forward towards the 2016 Olympics, is a plant-based athlete and has won more titles in his weight class than anyone in the history of USA boxing. Cam F Awesome - BoxingHe is also a well-known local role model in Kansas City and is a proud Big of the Big Brother Big Sister program. and a strong advocate of cancer prevention and awareness via plant-based nutrition.

As April continued, Intimidation sponsorship of many of the best prospects in MMA continued seeing Mark Cherico and Brian Camozzi both continue to fight while sponsored by the Intimidation brand. Cherico (5-0), one of Pittsburgh’s most popular fighters and Camozzi (2-1), the Colorado-based lightweight and younger brother of UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi, continued to show the growth of the Intimidation brand across the nation.

May was a slow month for MMA but saw the Intimidation brand sponsor UVC 23 in Columbus as well as main event winner Dan Spohn (pictured, left). Dan Spohn MMAIn addition to Spohn, Intimidation sponsored Ronin Training Center owner Luke Zachrich, StrongStyle MMA’s Joe Heiland and more at another event rich with ties to the Intimidation brand. Later in the month, Intimidation-sponsored Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye made a second public appearance in Andover, Ohio’s Pymatuning Valley Middle School where the two athletes spoke on the importance of making good life choices, the effects of bullying and more.

Early in June each year Intimidation Clothing prepares for one major event – the NAAFS’ Fight Nite in the Flats event in Cleveland, Ohio. The biggest annual MMA event in the state of Ohio, the 2013 version, Fight Nite in the Flats IX, featured scheduled fights for Intimidation sponsored UFC vets Jason Dent and Forrest Petz, top-ranked female fighter Jessica Eye and Terry Blackwell, Brian Camozzi, George Comer, Maxim Grishin, Torrance Taylor and a variety of top amateurs.

The summer months saw Intimidation make two of the biggest moves in company history adding official distributors in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Working together with newly appointed Director of Sales Wes Jones, Intimidation President & CEO Luke Jernigan stated that “the International growth of the sport of MMA cannot be ignored and Intimidation Clothing intends to continue to be a part of this global economic impact.” Kyle Rozewski w/Luke JerniganThe company continues to push forward sponsoring fighters in International events including Cody Stevens at OneFC and Lee Morrison for M-1 Global, with more announcements expected in early 2014.

2013 saw Intimidation continue to build on their regional MMA growth sponsoring events and fighters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, California and more as well as big cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Akron, Boise, Canton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Toledo and Las Vegas. It also saw Brian “The Predator” Rogers continue to make appearances on behalf of Bellator MMA including the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Rogers’ Bellator 61 flying knee KO of Vitor Vianna was once again named the #1 Knockout in Bellator’s history in July.

Two big pro/am MMA events from the NAAFS took place in Northeast Ohio in August as Intimidation sponsored both Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton and Rock ‘N Rumble 7 later in the month in Cleveland. At the Carrollton event Intimidation Clothing and Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski (pictured with Jernigan, above on right) began working together and doors opened almost immediately. Local MMA Series from IntimidationA native of the Buffalo, New York area, Rozewski has proven to be a great asset for the brand. In addition to getting Intimidation on board with gyms, fighters, promoters and media outlets from Western New York, Rozewski himself continues to build a name for himself inside the cage as a featherweight and outside of the cage as a commentator for the TNT Fight Series in Buffalo and for Pinnacle FC in Pittsburgh.

August also saw the release of Intimidation’s popular “Support Local MMA” t-shirts (pictured, left). After years of supporting the local MMA scene alongside MMAmadhouse, Bluegrass MMA, Cage Craze, OHMMA.com and a plethora of promoters and gyms, the Intimidation brand decided to put that support on, of all things, a t-shirt.

Brian Rogers MMANew signature shirts for multiple fighters were released in 2013 including the Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman tee in March, the Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Chercio signature tee in July and Brian Rogers’ second Intimidation signature tee featuring his flying knee KO (pictured, right). In addition, TUF 18 star Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke joined the Intimidation signature tee line, reserved for “championship level professionals” during the Fall of 2013 during her run on The Ultimate Fighter. The complete line of Intimidation MMA fighter signature shirts can be found online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Intimidate Cancer made its debut in late August and has continued to grow since then. With a popular Facebook page and the addition of 10 different ribbon colors for added cancer awareness, fans can rest assured knowing a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold go back to cancer research and awareness. In addition, Intimidation Clothing’s Intimidate Cancer line is available for private fundraisers to help families in need.

Intimidate CancerIn September Intimidation Clothing signed on to sponsor their first two MMA events outside of the USA with MMA Battle Arena in the UK and Extreme Cage Combat in Canada. Sticking with the plan to find solid, strategic partnerships outside of the USA, Intimidation’s role as the biggest supporter of Local MMA soon became a moniker that applied to more than just the USA. Meanwhile, closer to home, Intimidation sponsored its first event in the Buffalo area in late September as the Buffalo and Western NY market became a bigger focus of the company’s regional growth plan.

As October began, Intimidation’s own Brian Rogers joined StrongStyle teammate Stipe Miocic teaching a MMA seminar in Toronto. Mojo Horne MMAThe company also sponsored consecutive MMA events in Akron as the NAAFS and EFP both scored successful events while the Indianapolis market saw two events in the same weekend with the MFS and Art of War promotions both staying busy the second weekend of October. Cincinnati’s own Mojo Horne (pictured, right) added another win at a Absolute Action MMA event in Northern Kentucky and the brand sponsored Mansfield, Ohio’s own Cody Stevens as he fought MMA legend Shinya Aoki in Singapore. As Jessica Eye made her UFC debut in successful fashion, another Intimidation alum signed with the UFC in Indiana’s own Anthony Lapsley.

2013 also featured the definition of Team Intimidation to include more than just MMA fighters. In addition to high level grapplers Pablo Castro and Robby Malof, youth grappler Pito Castro and decorated amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome, Intimidation’s sponsorships of the 614 Mud Militia in multiple Tough Mudder competitions began to open doors for the brand. It was followed by the sponsorship of 15-year old BMX standout Chris Peterie, rodeo cowboy Gearen Hale, figure competitor Tonya Rae Hickey and more. That trend is expected in 2014 with details expected to be announced soon.

November was Jessica Zomcik’s time to shine as the top-ranked ammy proved to be worthy of her ranking in taking the women’s 145lb Tuff-N-Uff title in Las Vegas. Jessica Zomcik WMMA - Tuff-N-UffAs Intimidation continued their growth in Indianapolis adding the MMA Fit Club as an official dealer, the brand continued to build upon their strong Indiana presence sponsoring Colosseum Combat MMA once again as well as main event title challenger Danny Surface.

December saw Intimidation lock in deals with two companies expected to be a major piece of the company’s growth in 2014. The Florida-based XFC, which aired all 2012 and 2013 events on AXS TV, featured the Intimidation brand inside their cage at XFC 27 in Muskegon, Michigan and will continue to bring added exposure to the Intimidation name in 2014. Meanwhile the Vegas Fight Tour, which takes fans to the top gyms in Las Vegas, Nevada and features Intimidation prizes and giveaways, was also inked to a deal to help both companies get added exposure. Meanwhile, Intimidation stayed busy on December 7th sponsoring events in the Buffalo, NY area as well as Akron, OH as the TNT Fight Series and NAAFS were both in action. As the year came to a close, former CFA featherweight champ Jordan Parsons continued his winning streak to improve to 9-1 with a win close to home in Minnesota. Vegas Fight Tour - Las VegasOn the final weekend of 2013, Intimidation was able to sponsor Evolve MMA’s Justin “Harry” Lester wrestling seminar as the 4-time state champion in Ohio and 2012 Olympian instructed fans at the gym in Medina, Ohio.

“Looking back, I could not be much happier about the way things have gone in 2013 for our brand,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “I expect fans will see the continued, unmatched support of the Local MMA scene in 2014 as well as some very strategic expansion into other sports.”

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

Jessica Eye & Brian Rogers bring positive message to students Pymatuning Valley Middle School

May 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

The students of Pymatuning Valley Middle School were once again treated to a day filled with positive messages on Thursday, May 23rd as professional MMA fighters Jessica Eye and Brian Rogers came to town to speak to the students and staff. Brian RogersFor the second straight year Eye and Rogers spoke about the importance of making good life choices, how to treat others, self-confidence, bullying and more. The two Bellator fighters, who train at Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence, Ohio, spoke to two groups of students with 5th and 6th graders in the early session and 7th and 8th graders in the later session. Students were able to submit questions to the two athletes and many were also able to get an autograph after the speech concluded. The event was organized by Intimidation Clothing & Intimidation Interactive Media as well as the all-star guidance department at PVMS.

Brian Rogers (10-5, 3-3 Bellator) is a Middleweight fighter (185 lbs) and has fought for the Northeast Ohio NAAFS and other promotions. A two-time Bellator Middleweight Tournament semifinalist, Rogers has received incredible attention over the past year after his highlight reel KO of Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 in March 2012 which aired on MTV2 and has since received millions of views on Bellator highlights on Spike TV. Rogers is expected to return to action sometime later this year as he looks to make another Bellator Middleweight Tournament appearance with an eye on the promotion’s 185lb title.

Jessica EyeJessica Eye (9-1, 3-0 Bellator) fights in the Women’s 125 lb division and, like Rogers, fights out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence. Recently ranked #1 in the world in the women’s 125lb weight class, Eye continues to be one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and will return to action on June 1st for the NAAFS. Tickets for NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland are still available for the June 1st event at NAAFS.tv as Eye will face Carina Damm in the night’s main event.

Jessica Eye & Brian RogersEye and Rogers also spoke to the students of Pymatuning Valley Middle School in March of 2012 at an event that garnered the majority of the front page of the Ashtabula Star Beacon on Saturday following. To read the entire Star Beacon story by Mandy White click the link below.

> Martial arts athletes offer students advice on dealing with bullying

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence. The Intimidation brand is regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Intimidation products can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com and fans can follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM. Follow Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

Pro MMA fighters Brian Rogers & Jessica Eye to speak to students at Pymatuning Valley Middle School

Two of Cleveland’s most popular professional athletes to address bullying & treatment of others to help local PVMS students

PRESS RELEASE – Ashtabula County continues to be tied to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and two of Ohio’s most popular and successful fighters will once again be paying a visit to Andover this week. Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye will speak about bullying and how to treat others on Thursday, May 23rd at Pymatuning Valley Middle School. Brian Rogers MMABoth fighters, who both train out of the Independence, Ohio based Strong Style Martial Arts, are also sponsored by locally owned Intimidation Clothing.

Rogers and Eye will address the bullying topic and provide words of motivation for two groups of fifth through eighth graders on Thursday, May 23rd at Pymatuning Valley Middle School in Andover, Ohio. Neither fighter is a stranger to public speaking as Eye regularly speaks to fans across the nation at events in Ohio and Texas and Rogers is a former teacher by day in Kent, Ohio. Both athletes were joined by Dr. Rhadi Ferguson in March 2012 at PVMS which drew significant media attention. The event will begin at 9:00 am ET in the PVMS gymnasium.

Brian Rogers (10-5, 3-3 Bellator) is a Middleweight fighter (185 lbs) out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence, Ohio, and has fought for the Northeast Ohio NAAFS and UCB promotions. Jessica Eye MMAA two-time Bellator Middleweight Tournament semifinalist, Rogers has received incredible attention over the past year after his highlight reel KO of Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 in March 2012 which aired on MTV2 and has since received millions of views on Bellator highlights on Spike TV. Rogers is expected to return to action sometime later this year as he looks to make another Bellator Middleweight Tournament appearance with an eye on the promotion’s 185lb title.

Jessica Eye (9-1, 3-0 Bellator) fights in the Women’s 125 lb division and also fights out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence. Recently ranked #1 in the world in the women’s 125lb weight class, Eye continues to be one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and will return to action on June 1st for the NAAFS. Tickets for NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland are still available for the June 1st event at NAAFS.tv as Eye will face Carina Damm in the night’s main event.

Fans, online shoppers and those interested in selling Intimidation products can find out more information online by visiting the Intimidation Clothing’s official Web site: http://www.intimidationclothing.com/. Fans can also learn about new shirt designs, contests and fighter sponsorships by liking Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or following the brand on Twitter @IntimidationMMA. With strong, creative and bold themes and affordably priced products which can fit anyone’s budget, Intimidation is fast becoming a leader in MMA-themed apparel and looks to build their brand nationwide from right here in Ashtabula County.

Dr. Rhadi Ferguson joins Jessica Eye & Brian Rogers to address bullying, impact youth at Pymatuning Valley Middle School

March 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News

The students of Pymatuning Valley Middle School were treated to an all-star lineup of speakers on Friday, March 30th as professional MMA fighters Jessica Eye and Brian Rogers spoke about bullying. Joining Eye and Rogers was special guest Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, a 2004 U.S. Olympian and four time national Judo champion. Eye, Rogers & Ferguson bullying speech @ PVMSThe three sent the students off to their Spring Break on a positive note that continued throughout Friday evening and into Saturday. “Several of the students have messaged me already,” stated Jessica Eye in a text message on Saturday. “One girl reached out to me through Twitter,” said Eye.

The event was such a success that not only did PVMS 5th grade teacher David Sharp tell the three athletes that it was “the best assembly we have ever had at this school,” but the event even garnered the majority of the front page of the Ashtabula Star Beacon on Saturday. To read the entire Star Beacon story by Mandy White click the link below.

> Martial arts athletes offer students advice on dealing with bullying

Pro MMA fighters Brian Rogers & Jessica Eye to speak about bullying at Pymatuning Valley Middle School

March 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Intimidation Press Release, News

Two of Cleveland’s most popular professional athletes to address bullying topic to help local students

Ashtabula County continues to be tied to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and two of Ohio’s most popular and successful fighters will be paying a visit to Andover this Friday. Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye will speak about bullying on Friday, March 30th at Pymatuning Valley Middle School. Brian The Predator Rogers MMABoth fighters, who both train out of the Independence, Ohio based Strong Style Martial Arts, are also sponsored by locally owned Intimidation Clothing.

Rogers and Eye will address the bullying topic to two groups of fifth through eighth graders on Friday, March 30th at Pymatuning Valley Middle School in Andover, Ohio. Neither fighter is a stranger to public speaking as Eye regularly speaks to fans across the nation at events in Ohio and Texas and Rogers is a teacher by day in Kent, Ohio. The event will begin after 12:30 pm ET at PVMS and will conclude before the end of the school day.

Brian Rogers (9-3, 2-1 Bellator) is a Middleweight fighter (185 lbs) out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence, Ohio, and has fought for the Northeast Ohio NAAFS and UCB promotions. A Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament semifinalist, Rogers has received incredible attention in recent weeks since his highlight reel KO of Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 in mid-March which aired on MTV2 and has received over 400,000 views on YouTube. With the win Rogers advanced to Bellator’s Season 6 Middleweight Tournament semifinals where he will face undefeated Bruno Santos on April 20th at Bellator 66 at the IX Center in Cleveland.

Jessica Eye MMAJessica Eye (6-1, 1-0 Bellator) fights in the Women’s 125 lb division and also fights out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence. The reigning Ring of Combat 130 lb Champion, Eye continues to be one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and will look to avenge the only loss of her career when she faces Aisling Daly of Ireland. Eye vs. Daly will also take place at Bellator 66 in Cleveland on April 20th.

Fans, online shoppers and those interested in selling Intimidation products can find out more information online by visiting the Intimidation Clothing’s official Web site: http://www.intimidationclothing.com/. Fans can also learn about new shirt designs, contests and fighter sponsorships by liking Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or following the brand on Twitter @IntimidationMMA. With strong, creative and bold themes and affordably priced products which can fit anyone’s budget, Intimidation is fast becoming a leader in MMA-themed apparel and looks to build their brand nationwide from right here in Ashtabula County.

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